This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on August 6, 2019
With a title like T-Minus and such a gripping cover, I had no doubt that this was going to be one long adrenaline rush of thrills and twists and I was not mistaken. I did have to remember to keep in mind that this fell in the Young Adult genre so I would cut it some slack a few times, but, at other times, like when the danger got deadly, I blinked in surprise that this was young adult making this book something of a captivating crossover between the two.
T-Minus begins with First daughter of the United States, Sophie Washington waking up to discover that her brother has disappeared, her mom got a terrorist threat on her life, and the family is being broken up to each their own secret service teams and safe houses. Her dad’s last words to trust no one are ominous and rattle around in her head just before they all split up.
Sophie’s not one to hide and let things happen especially when there must be someone on the inside for things to have gone down the way they did. She and her talented, skilled group of friends set out to get to the heart of the terrorist organization who have a revenge agenda because of an op gone wrong that cost lives that Sophie’s mom ordered during her term as governor. There’s a deadline drawing near and they have to get to the terrorists before the terrorists achieve their goal.
I think I read through well over a third of this book before I was forced to stop reading. I kept thinking that I’d stop when there was a break in the action, but when it came some twist came and I was off and reading again.
I loved this one and I loved Sophie as a heroine from the get-go. She has teenage thinking at times, but she has also had to grow up fast. She’s even had some training that will help her for just such a situation. It seemed everyone Sophie encounters is not who they said or don’t give her more than bits of the truth. She ditches her handlers to go rogue and help as a result. But, she’s not alone and has a pack of equally intrepid friends. I enjoyed seeing them all working together and getting stuff done, sometimes by the skin of their teeth. The whiff of romance for Sophie was present, but did stay in the background much of the time which made sense since this is a suspense story at the the heart.
I was a little startled at the grittiness of this one as the body count piled up when I remembered this is a book for teens, but, it would have felt even more unrealistic than it did if the danger wasn’t kept in front of the reader. Okay, and a few of those deaths had my eyes burning a bit with tears.
The unrealistic aspect was the fact that teens were tracking down and taking down these terrorists who had a deadly plan in place. I wasn’t buying that supposedly skilled and trained adults like the CIA officers and analysts couldn’t seem to figure some of the stuff out and only Sophie and her friends could.
That said, I did root the little group on and was speedily flipping pages as they went after this group who just needed to be taken out before more innocents were killed. I was happy to hate on the lot of them and a lot of what is in this book hits close to home so my emotions were right there.
YA Warning- moderate-extreme violence
So, it lived up to my early anticipation. I was thrilled to note the author has a backlist of espionage-type stories. This is Young Adult, but I think those who enjoy adult thrillers might appreciate this one, too. Definite recommend for those who enjoy fast-action, gritty and twisting YA thrillers.
My thanks to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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